Graduate Program

Graduate Program

Graduate Advisor
Janet Patterson, Ph.D.

Any changes made after initial advisement must receive prior approval from an advisor. Failure to obtain this approval can extend the program by one year.

Application Deadlines
Fall semester: February 1

Only applications received by this deadline are assured of consideration.

In addition to the M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology described below, the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences collaborates with the Department of Linguistics in a doctoral program for students interested in combining the study of Speech and Hearing Sciences with Linguistics. The concentration in Speech and Hearing Sciences within the Linguistics Ph.D. program is described under the Linguistics Department heading in this catalog.

Degree Offered

M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences awards Master of Science degrees in speech-language pathology under both Plan I (thesis) and Plan II (non-thesis) according to regulations set forth in earlier pages of this catalog. The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) accredits the program. All students must fulfill the academic and practicum requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence set forth by ASHA and specified by the department. Students must also comply with the requirements set forth in the SHS Graduate Student Handbook and the Clinic Policy Manual. Persons with a bachelor's degree in a field other than Speech and Hearing Sciences are encouraged to apply. Advisement materials specifying admission requirements and related material are available upon request from the department and on the department Web site at All applicants should obtain and review these materials prior to initiating the admission process.

Students entering the graduate program must have earned at least a C in the courses used to meet the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association requirements of at 3 semester hours in Mathematics, 3 semester hours in Biological Sciences, 3 semester hours in Physical Sciences, and 3 semester hours in Social/Behavioral Sciences. Students must also have taken a Statistics course in which analysis of variance is taught. These courses may be the same courses used to meet other college or university requirements. They may not include remedial course work. Students who have not completed these requirements will be required to do so within the first 3 semesters after acceptance into the graduate program in order to continue their enrollment

All students entering the graduate program are responsible for completion of the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent within the first 3 semesters of graduate enrollment, with a grade of at least B: SHS 303, 310 (510), 341 (521), 330, 425, 428 (528), 430 (530), 431 (536), 450 (550), 458, and 459 (559). Courses or their equivalents that were taken more than six years before entering the graduate program, or courses for which a grade lower than B was received, cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. The graduate advisor, in consultation with the Curriculum and Advisement Committee, will determine whether a course may be considered equivalent and will decide how the requirement must be fulfilled: by taking or re-taking the course, by testing out or by auditing.

The speech-language pathology program includes the basic sciences requirements (see paragraph 2 above) and SHS 300 and 400 level courses listed above as well as the following 500 level courses: SHS 500 (at least 4 enrollments to include no more than 2 summer sessions), 506, 507, 517, 525, 531,532, 533, 534, 535, 558 and two 500 level electives that may be selected from department course offerings or from course offerings from a variety of departments (subject to approval by the SHS graduate advisor.) SHS 506 must be taken in the first year of enrollment in 500 level classes. A minimum grade of B is required for all 500 level course work.

Non-Degree Students

Non-degree Advisor:
Kate Blaker, M.S.

Call (505) 277-4453 for advisement before enrolling in any courses.

Non-degree students seeking admission to the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology may enroll in the following courses prior to a decision regarding admission: All SHS 300 and 400 level courses that do not have a 500 level equivalent, and up to 12 credit hours selected from the following: 506, 507, 510, 525, 528, 530, 531, 536, 541, 542, 550, 551 (with permission of instructor) and 559. Graduate courses that have a corresponding undergraduate course will include assignments in addition to the workload of the undergraduate course. A minimum of 9 hours of Speech and Hearing Sciences course work, at any level, is required prior to application to the graduate program. For courses taken on a non-degree basis, students must earn a grade of "B" or higher to fulfill graduate course requirements (including undergraduate deficiencies/prerequisites) upon admission to the graduate program.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences may enroll as non-degree students in no more than 12 credit hours of SHS 500 level academic courses (permission of instructor required), and may not include courses in clinical practice and/or internship.


SHS *302. Introduction to Communicative Disorders. (3)

SHS *303. Introduction to Phonetics. (3)

SHS 310 . Anatomy and Physiology of Human Communication. (3)

SHS 321 / 541. Introduction to Audiology. (3)

SHS 330. Introduction to Communication Sciences. (3)

SHS *425. Aural Rehabilitation. (3)

SHS 428 / 528. Phonological Disorders in Children. (3)

SHS 430 / 530. Language Development. (3)

SHS 431 / 536. Language Disorders in Children. (3)

SHS 450 . Neural Basis of Communication. (3)

SHS 451. Undergraduate Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS *458. Preclinical Training. (3)

SHS 459 . Multicultural Considerations in Communication. (3)

SHS 490. Topics in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS 500. Clinical Practice. (3 to a maximum of 18 Δ)

SHS 506. Reading and Writing in Research. (3)

SHS 507. Adult Neurogenic Communicative Disorders. (3)

SHS 517. Dysphagia. (3)

SHS 525. Voice Disorders. (3)

SHS 528 / 428. Phonological Disorders in Children. (3)

SHS 530 / 430. Language Development. (3)

SHS 531. Motor Speech Disorders and Stuttering. (3)

SHS 532. Augmentative Communication. (3)

SHS 533. Assessing Language in Children. (3)

SHS 534. Intervention: Child Language Disorders. (3)

SHS 535. Medical Speech-Language Pathology. (3)

SHS 536 / 431. Language Disorders in Children. (3)

SHS 539. Topics. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS 541 / 321. Introduction to Audiology. (3)

SHS 551. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

SHS 558. Clinical Internship. (6-9 to a maximum of 18 Δ)

SHS 599. Master’s Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

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